Sunday, October 11, 2009

Martha, eat your heart out

As I am continually doing things to make our house a home, I am confronted with a big issue. I have all these ideas in my head of what I want things to look like, but dont always have the resources to accomplish these ideas. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Corpus Christi, lets just say, it's not a shopping/decor destination. I really miss being within 10 minutes of Pottery Barn and 20 minutes of Crate & Barrel (among others). So after checking out everywhere I know for decor (specifically window treatments), I came to a startling conclusion.

I need to MAKE something.

It's the only way to get what I really want, right?

So I overcome the fear of failure, especially considering I dont own a sewing machine and cant even remember the last time I sewed on a button or fixed a hem. Heck, I dont think I've EVER done either of those things. Regardless, I make the trek to Hancock Fabrics to see if there's anything that suits my fancy.

I leave with this cute little bit of fabric- out of the clearance bin! I bought all that was left, which was almost 3.5 yards. I figured I'd screw up at least once and would need extra fabric.

Here's a little closer shot of the goods. The plan was to use this in the spare bedroom over the 2 windows that look out into the street. We used plain old boring brown panels in the apartment on only 1 window, so not only did I want something new and fresh and fancy, but I didnt have enough for 2 windows anyway!

So I turned to Thrifty Decor Chick who always insists that window treatments are eeeezay. After a few hours of cutting and ripping and ironing and re-ripping and pleading with the hubs to put up the curtain rod (I wanted the treatments up before our HS girls sleepover-- pics to come!), fabulousness was realized...

Hello delicious, gorgeous, lovely things that I made with my own two hands.

How perfect are these?!? I just love them. They were totally eeeezay (thanks TDC!) and are way more fab (and cheaper!!) than anything I could have bought in a package at a store. I am totally determined to make the rest of the curtains for our other 9 windows. But maybe not all at once.

So does everyone remember this?

Also known as "the before?"

... AKA Neon Nursery

... AKA Hello!Yellow!!

... AKA My eyeballs are burning

Well, feast your eyes on "the after..."

Doesnt this look like a place you'd like to lay down and take a nap? Or visit perhaps?? (Hint! Hint! You know who you are!!) I'm happy to know our guest room is now guest-worthy.


Melissa said...

I do think a pack-n-play times 2 would fit in the guest room. :)

Melissa said...

And wow on your fabulous curtains. I have projects for you!!!

Casey D said...

Your very creative, You can do anything you set your mind to Hol

Mandy said...

Great guest room Hollie! LOVE your product! You have inspired me to make some window treatments for our bare windows! I love the material- it's something I would have picked out!

Erika said...

I LOVE the curtains!! I am super impressed. I also spend many afternoons gazing at fabrics at the fabric store, planning all the things I could do if ONLY I knew how to sew/be crafty. Maybe I should take the plunge! I did buy a needle and some thread a few weeks ago! Your whole guest bedroom does look awesome...hopefully you'll have lots of guests soon!

Samantha said...

You have inspired me to make my own curtains when we move- someday!! The guest room looks great, we definitely want to make a trip down. We miss you guys!!

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